Bishops Barbershop to Exhibit for the First Time at Franchise Expo South

Successful Portland-Based Concept Now Offering Franchise Opportunities

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 9 // PRNewswire // -- Bishops Barbershop, cuts and colors for men and women, will be exhibiting for the first time at Franchise Expo South, Jan. 9-11, 2009 at the Miami Convention Center in booth #907. The company currently has six locations in Portland and began offering franchise opportunities across the U.S. and Canada in September.

Leo Rivera, founder, president and CEO of Bishops, opened his first barbershop in 2001 to fill the niche between national chains, traditional barbershops and high-end salons. When it was time for the company to grow beyond Portland, Leo realized that franchising was the best way to achieve his goals.

"Franchising is the most successful small business concept in the world," Rivera said. "I know people want to be part of the Bishops concept now, and franchising is the most effective way to offer them the opportunity to do that. Hair care is a $55 billion, recession-resistant industry, and Bishops is a fresh, edgy, successful concept. We bring something new to an established industry that is very appealing and accessible. Our shops are a modern version of the old school barbershops where people talk, hang out, and have a good time, while getting high-end salon service without the pretense and expensive prices."

Bishops targets Generations X, Y and Z. Posters and artwork adorn the walls and the music is a mix of familiar favorites and the latest tunes. Clients are served on a convenient walk-in only basis, and choose from a menu of a la carte services, including style, shampoo, blow dry, a variety of cut and color options, or a hot towel shave. Those who are 21 and older are offered a free bottle of cold Miller High Life.

"Our stylists are top-tier professionals who enjoy developing their craft and building their client base within the Bishops business model," Rivera said. "They are artists who thrive in a creative atmosphere, and so we have an unrestricted fashion policy at our shops. The stylists enjoy their work, are relaxed with their customers and deliver excellent service. Most importantly, our customers are satisfied with every aspect of their experience at Bishops."

About Bishops

Leo Rivera opened his first Bishops Barbershop in Portland, Oregon in 2001 as an alternative to national haircut chains, traditional barbershops and high-end salons, and today there are six locations throughout the city. A new kind of neighborhood barbershop for Generations X, Y and Z, Bishops is known for its convenient, walk-in only policy, trend-setting hair stylists, edgy music, unrestricted fashion and support of local artists. Bishops delivers full-service salon cuts and colors for men and women at affordable prices in a fun, casual atmosphere. Franchise opportunities are available now. For more information, please visit http://www.bishopsbs.com or call 866.639.1388, ext. 2.

SOURCE Bishops Barbershop

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